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Geography - Physical Geography

University of Zurich

M.Sc.
18 months
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This Geography - Physical Geography major program from University of Zurichoffers an in-depth subject-specific focus and guides students towards applied research. Students learn to apply theories, methods and approaches from certain fields in Geography to problems in research and practice, and to critically classify and reflect on these

Overview

Students are able to defend a position on a scientific basis and to critically reflect on and defend their own research results within a scientific discussion. 

Geography studies the processes that alter and shape the world we live in. 

Geographers aim to understand reciprocal influences and dependencies in their field, they document change, formulate scenarios and develop sustainable plans of action for the future. This includes examining both physical processes and the interplay between humans and the environment.

Physical geography explores morphological processes on the earth’s surface, investigates the properties of water, snow and ice in the hydrological cycle, and studies soil and vegetation in climate change. Human geography and economic geography analyze how human beings, groups and institutions shape their habitats and how they act within them. 

A distinctive characteristic of the institute is the strong emphasis on modeling and quantitative methods. Advanced geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies are instrumental in modeling the processes being investigated as well as in illustrating and understanding spatial phenomena. 

The study program for the Master of Science in Geography - Physical Geography from

University of Zurich offers students an excellent education in the field. It focuses on glaciology/geomorphology, soil science/biogeography or hydrology and climate. Students have the opportunity to explore an area of physical geography in more depth in the course of their Master’s dissertation. 

Students must, however, attend courses in two out of three areas during their Master’s program. This ensures a sound expertise in physical geography. The Master’s degree in geography with a specialization in physical geography is a qualification for careers in geography. The Master’s degree also serves as the basis for a dissertation and may form the academic basis to go on to a study program for the Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education. 

Career option:

Geography graduates have promising employment opportunities thanks to their comprehensive education and are particularly sought-after where teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are required. Possible employment for graduates include positions in planning, architectural or engineering firms, industrial companies and in the private service industry as well as in non-profit organizations, in public administration and in the educational system. 

The Master’s degree in Geography with a specialization in physical geography opens up opportunities at research institutes and enhances students’ skills for positions in spatial planning, surveying and environmental protection. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Cryosphere
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Qualitative Methodologies and Methods in Human Geography
  • Environment in History
  • Political Ecology

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

90 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Besides meeting the formal admission requirements, you must also fulfill the relevant academic admission requirements to be admitted to a Master’s degree program. 

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at astate-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1360 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1360 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Funding

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